Construction of a new $200 million wind farm near Lakeland in far north Queensland is expected to begin by the end of 2018 after gaining State Government approval.
The Windlab project will include up to 30 wind turbines as well as electrical infrastructure and will produce around 100 megawatts of power for north Queensland, connected via the national electricity grid.
The Lakeland Wind Farm will be located 60 km south-west of Cooktown on the Cape York Peninsula
Windlab chief executive officer Roger Price said the company had worked closely with the department and local community to optimise the project design to accommodate the property development plans of a project neighbour, reducing the number of possible turbine locations to 30 from 35 whilst ensuring that the project remained viable and competitive.
The $200 million project is expected to create about 200 jobs during a year-long construction period.
“Lakeland Wind Farm is an exceptional project and we eagerly anticipate starting construction this year,” Mr Price said.
“Working with the community is always key for us; we are therefore particularly pleased that we found a solution that aligns neighbour plans, planning code and project requirements.
“With construction of Kennedy Energy Park (Stage I) near Hughenden now in full swing and development of Stage II on the way, Windlab and north Queensland are contributing to securing affordable, diverse and reliable electricity for the benefit of all Queenslanders.”
The $160 million Kennedy Park Energy is expected to be completed and feeding clean energy into the network by late 2018.
It is the precursor to the proposed “Big Kennedy” development, which will provide up to 1200 megawatts of wind energy and is a central component of the Queensland Government’s Powering North Queensland Plan.